Gym Confessions: Panty Problems That Crack Me Up

exercise pants, pantiesI never liked the gym. I rarely went, and when I did, I never showered there. I never socialized. And I always felt intimidated by the guy with waxy muscles the size of my dog. I was even more scared of the super-tanned blonde with big biceps and even bigger boobs.

Wait, those gym rats still intimidate me. But I am getting used to them. I go to the gym almost every day. I got hooked last November, and I have had so much fun, I can't stop. Hopefully, my workout enthusiasm will last.

I even shower there. And I've made lots of mom and trainer friends.

Because I'm there so often, I'm starting to see funny things, things that bug me, and some really bad gym etiquette. These are my gym confessions. This week, I want to write about panty problems I see everyday. Some crimes of underwear, I've even committed myself.


I won't include men in this conversation because I'm not checking out their booties. (Really, DH, I'm not!)

Here are some common panty problems from this past week:

Panty lines. Workout and yoga pants are all the rage at my gym. Everyone wears these comfy numbers that are low-waisted, tight at the butt and flare at the ankles. I recently caved and bought some myself, and they're not cheap. But I'm appalled when women wear their workout pants two sizes too tight, then they wear granny panties underneath. I know they're big granny panties because I can see the lines and bunches in all the wrong places. Maybe don't wear the workout pants so tight. Or, what I do is not wear panties at all. It's so much more comfortable, and the exercise pants always have reinforced crotches.

Peekaboo thongs. I get that women are proud of their six-pack abs, and they want to wear half-shirts to show them off. (I'm jealous, but that's my problem.) It's just kind of tacky when a thong peeks out of the top of your low-rise workout pants. And the harder a woman works out, the more the thong seems to show.

Panties, panties everywhere. In the locker room, a woman left her panties, dirty crotch up, next to my makeup bag on a bench. Enough said.

Public displays of tampons and pads. Is it really hard to go into the bathroom stall to put on a new pad or insert a new tampon after taking a shower? I'm not offended--managing our periods is normal and natural. It's just that some things are kind of private, and it's fine with me if they stay that way.

Butt picking. I'm totally guilty of this. Last night, I realized how annoying butt picking is when a woman in front of me focused on her crack instead of our dance moves. Now I will make an extra effort to be sure my pants fit correctly, tags are cut off, and that my clothing isn't irritating me while I exercise. It's hard to workout with wedgies.

So those are things that get my panties in a wad at the gym. How about you? Or if you don't go to the gym, what workout snafus do you have?

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